Huge main event ends the year on STRONG
In an immense main event for Detonation December 18, Brody King will officially face KENTA for the IWGP US Heavyweight Right to Challenge contract. After a Gonso Bomb struck the number one contender on the Road to Detonation December 4, King vs KENTA has now been made official, and will be the last new match on NJPW STRONG for 2020.
Ever since winning the briefcase in New Japan Cup USA this summer, KENTA has defended his right to face US Champion Jon Moxley not always fairly, but certainly effectively. Jeff Cobb, David Finlay and Hiroshi Tanahashi have all fallen as KENTA has continued to insist he face the elusive Death Rider one on one. Is big bad Brody King one test too far for KENTA? We’ll find out at 10e/9c on December 18!
Also set for December 18, Fred Rosser will team with PJ Black to take on Team Filthy’s Ton Lawlor and JR Kratos. One time regular tag partners in the US, Rosser and Black will reunite against a common foe in Team Filthy. Rosser has had a burning hatred for Tom Lawlor ever since the Filthy One returned to NJPW, and as Lawlor built his ‘fight team into a fight dream’, Black stepped forward to even the odds. Who will gain the upper hand and make a significant stride into 2021 on STRONG?
Jeff Cobb will take on Rust Taylor on night two of Detonation. Submission artist Taylor appeared to have all the tools when he made his NJPW debut over the summer, and aligning himself with team Filthy has given him a new attitudinal edge to boot. Jeff Cobb, though, is not someone to take egos lightly, and takes severe umbridge with someone like Taylor claiming he is the superior wrestler. With Cobb seeking to dominate action on both sides of the Pacific in 2021, will his last act of 2020 on Friday nights be to demolish Taylor? Or will the Sultan of Submissions have a surprise in store?
Detonation also sees a deeply personal grudge match that has been brewing for half a year come to a head. Danny Limelight made his NJPW debut on Lion’s Break Collision in the summer, a name hand picked by Rocky Romero after impressing at LA Dojo tryouts. After seeing what Limelight could do in singles competition, Rocky suggested he might mentor Limelight to great success all over the world, yet Limelight chose a different option. Joining Team Filthy, Limelight assaulted Romero from behind during New Japan Showdown. It was an act that gave Limelight some powerful new allies, and an incensed new enemy. Who will come out on top tonight?